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John Pandolfino, M.D., is trying to improve treatment for people experiencing heartburn.
January 22, 2020

What’s new in heartburn research?

Working with NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, John Pandolfino, M.D., studies how to...

Heartburn
Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D., is working to expand treatment options for sickle cell patients of all ages.
January 20, 2020

Investigating bone marrow transplants: A cure for some sickle cell disease patients

Sickle cell disease (SCD) specialists have performed bone marrow transplants in children since the 1990s. This procedure is the only...

Sickle Cell Disease

Russell E. Ware M.D., Ph.D., meets with a young sickle cell patient in Africa.
January 14, 2020

Treating sickle cell disease in children around the world

Russell E. Ware, M.D., Ph.D., had been researching sickle cell disease (SCD) in the U.S. for about 10...

Sickle Cell Disease
John Tisdale, M.D. (left), and Griffin Rodgers, M.D., lead sickle cell disease research at NIH.
January 13, 2020

Updates from NIH’s sickle cell disease scientists

Many people with sickle cell disease (SCD) are healthier and living longer thanks in part to research led and supported...

Sickle Cell Disease

David Irwin, M.D., cares for people with dementia and studies the disease to help improve their lives.
December 02, 2019

Lewy body dementia research seeks faster, earlier diagnosis

Imagine driving and forgetting where you're going. Or feeling tremors in your hands when you try to pick up...

Lewy Body Dementia
November 20, 2019

How to help someone with anxiety

Wondering how you can help a friend, family member, or co-worker who is overwhelmed by anxiety? We spoke to David...

Anxiety

Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., is a scientist emeritus with NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
November 14, 2019

Speaking up about stuttering

"Stuttering gets no respect as a disorder," says stuttering expert Dennis Drayna, Ph.D. "People think of it as...

Stuttering
November 12, 2019

4 common myths and facts about stuttering

"There's a great deal of misunderstanding about stuttering," says Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., a scientist emeritus with NIH’s...

Stuttering

November 04, 2019

What’s new in anxiety research?

Daniel Pine, M.D., studies how differences in our brains can affect our mental health. Through their work at the National...

Anxiety
Michael Twery, Ph.D., and his team at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute help support sleep disorder research.
October 31, 2019

Wake-up call: How sleep impacts our minds and bodies

For more than 25 years, scientists at NIH have studied human sleep habits. They've researched everything from how sleep affects...

Sleep Apnea

Angela Christiano, Ph.D., has studied alopecia for decades.
August 29, 2019

Close to home: NIH researcher and alopecia patient seeks a cure

Angela Christiano, Ph.D., is not a typical researcher. Dr. Christiano studies a hair loss disease called alopecia areata. She...

Alopecia Areata
August 26, 2019

Notes from the field: What we know about screen time so far

NIH's Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study wants to know what—if any—impact screen time, among many other factors, has...

Screen Time

August 26, 2019

What is all that screen time doing to your child’s brain?

Here's a surefire conversation starter: Tell a group of parents that you're studying whether too much screen time...

Screen Time
August 21, 2019

From virus to vaccine: Studying measles immunity

The measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine is one of the most effective around. It is 97% effective against the viruses when...

Measles

August 20, 2019

What is community immunity?

In 2000, measles had all but stopped spreading in the U.S. That's because vaccination rates were high enough to...

Measles
Francis McMahon, M.D., helps oversee bipolar disorder research at NIH.
August 09, 2019

Large families may hold answers to bipolar disorder

Researchers are looking to certain U.S. states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania, to better understand bipolar disorder—a mental illness that...

Bipolar Disorder

Skin cancer cells
April 05, 2019

Researching melanoma at NIH: What’s new?

More than 1 million people in the U.S. live with melanoma, a type of skin cancer. While there is no...

Skin Cancer, Cancer
Penny A. Asbell, M.D., suggests going to an eye doctor if self-treatment for dry eye doesn't work.
April 04, 2019

What the latest science says about omega-3 for dry eye

Penny A. Asbell, M.D., led a study to see if omega-3 fatty acid supplements really help dry eye. The...

Dry Eye

D.C. resident Deborah Nix, left, helps lead a walking program with NIH.
April 04, 2019

NIH study tracks exercise with mobile apps to improve heart health

Tiffany Powell-Wiley, M.D., M.P.H., is dedicated to making Americans healthier. She focuses on research related to heart...

Exercise
Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D. (left) and John Varga, M.D. (right) work with NIH on scleroderma research.
January 13, 2019

What’s new on the horizon for scleroderma?

There may not be a cure yet, but many scleroderma experts are optimistic about ongoing research into new treatments. We...

Scleroderma